The effort to repeal and/or replace the ACA got pushed to the margins of political discourse Tuesday. Now the question isn’t whether the ACA will survive (it will for at least another two years) but will it become so entrenched that future removal would be nearly impossible, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Efforts to curtail funding to Medicaid, expanded under the ACA, not only stalled but looks likely to be reversed.
The states administer Medicaid, and in three of those states—Kansas, Maine and Wisconsin—sitting Republican governors who’d blocked Medicaid expansion lost to Democratic challengers who campaigned on expanding it. “It’s clearly become a hazard to be against Medicaid expansion,” said Andy Slavitt, acting CMS administrator under former President Obama.
When it comes to health care, which a majority of voters called their number one issue Tuesday, there’s likely to be gridlock, but Democrats and Republicans “may try to find some common ground in Congress, especially over such issues as drug prices and high premiums,” the WSJ reports.